Restaurant owner Steve Beaudine is killed in a car accident and his beautiful wife Ava is severely injured. After months of physical recuperation, she returns to Ava's with the desire to keep the business going. But Tony Jasco, her husband's partner, has plans to sell the eatery and split the profits. Ava adamantly refuses to terminate what had been Steve's dream. She is determined to make it work no matter Jasco's opposition.
Then the mysterious David Ehlert enters her life with a fantastic story, one straight out of a fairy tale. He claims to be a wizard and that Jasco is trying to have her killed to gain his own ends. Ava simply can't believe such a fanciful claim...until they are attacked by magical dark forces. Suddenly she finds herself the target of a twisted, dark magician and her only salvation is Ehlert, a man claiming to have been born in 1886 but still looking young and fit.
Writer David C. Smith spins a colorful, fast-paced thriller that introduces a fascinating new hero in the vein of the classic golden age pulps but with a decidedly modern day twist. It is the story of a haunted man out of time seeking redemption for past sins in a world of arcane mysteries and magiks. Call of Shadows is a masterful thriller by a veteran writer that will keep you on the edge of your chair from start to finish.
Call of shadows has a lot going for it. One, Roberto Scarlato narrates it. The man is just plain fantastic at his job. Seriously, he can tell a story as if he were one of the old Homeric Poets reciting and recounting the tales of the gods and heroes around a campfire. Two, David Smith knows how to tell a story. He doesn't go for cliches or worn out troupes, he hits you with 100% pure story. His characters are real, and you feel for them, you really care. Also, he really knows how to give nod to that which inspired him, the pulp era heroes.
I am a huge superhero/pulp fan and I can testify that the man can craft a tale in this genre like he has been doing it all of his life. Once the action starts it just goes boom, and it makes John Maclain from Die Hard look like he got caught sitting on the toilet. He just keeps it coming right up until the end. I could even place the MC into a Harry Dresden category, or just as easily refer to this as an Urban Fantasy novel. So many genres touched upon.
I relly don't want to say more than that, if you want info on the book read the blurb, if you just want to dive in, with no expectations, then get ready for some really fun times.
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